I want to know the correct spelling & meaning of a word used in show

Ruth

New Member
#1
Please excuse me, as I am older, a bit hard of hearing, and greatest sin of all: Not British. :)))
When Compos was around, he would often call someone he thought little of a slang name, and I would like the correct spelling and meaning of it, if you can guess at what I am looking for. I think it sounded like "Picket". Also, is it still in use today? It is very funny to me - my favorite character was Compos.
Thank you,
 

dick

Well-Known Member
#3
Compo was not the only one to use the word. He was "sulking one day in the pub and Seymour and Clegg were trying to talk him round . They went across to him and Seymour's first words to Compo were "Hello little pillock " ;) ;)
 

dick

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#4
The meaning of pillock is given as " a person who has done a stupid act or is not very bright" You might use the word klutz in your part of the world. :smile:
 

barmpot

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#5
Please excuse me, as I am older, a bit hard of hearing, and greatest sin of all: Not British. :)))
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Would not describe it as a sin - I am older and hear less well but presume I am British (I do not have a passport so not sure how I can convince anyone I am who I say I am - no photo ID as driving licence is still all paper!)
:me::me::me:
 

barmpot

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#6
The meaning of pillock is given as " a person who has done a stupid act or is not very bright" You might use the word klutz in your part of the world. :smile:

I seem to recall it was sometimes "dozy pillock".

A mild vulgarism that is still in use although the cruder statements seem to be common especially on Facebook.
 

Ruth

New Member
#7
Thank you, thank you!

Pillock - That is what I meant! Thank you. I wonder if I can find it in any dictionary? I will look. This is a wonderful forum. I don't post much. But I do enjoy what others have to say. My PBS station had a few months without airing Summer Wine, but now it is on again, thank goodness.
 

Pearl

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Staff member
#8
Please excuse me, as I am older, a bit hard of hearing, and greatest sin of all: Not British. :)))
When Compos was around, he would often call someone he thought little of a slang name, and I would like the correct spelling and meaning of it, if you can guess at what I am looking for. I think it sounded like "Picket". Also, is it still in use today? It is very funny to me - my favorite character was Compos.
Thank you,
There is no sin in not being British and most of people on here are old friends of Moses so you fit right in :17: :D We're always happy to help so chip in more often, its good to have more women round here. Isn't it boys? :wink: :D
 

barmpot

Well-Known Member
#12
I know I have posted this before but could not resist, given some posts in this thread. And, yes, I know it is not strictly about the British but one of the components of this great entity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vh-wEXvdW8
Superb - slightly different lyrics to the LP I have. I think their stuff is very clever and shows a good grasp of history (without which some of the throw away comments make less sense ...).
 

wstol

Well-Known Member
#14
Pillock is originally a 16th century word for penis.

That originated from the Norwegian word 'pilliock'.

However, pillock has now mutated into simply meaning idiot, and can't be regarded as being particularly offensive.
 
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